Ali Holstead

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Banbury OX16 & Milton Keynes MK15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I’m Ali. I am a fully qualified counsellor (BA Hons Counselling) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

How counselling can help

I understand we are all unique and our lives are a journey of ups and downs. Sometimes we cope and manage, other times it may feel as if life is a bit overwhelming or we feel we have lost our direction. This is when counselling is useful. I will help you to explore yourself and the problems you are experiencing in a comfortable, confidential, non-judgemental space. I have a passion for the work of counselling and love to help people grow to their full potential as well as coping with the immediate problem.

About Me

I am an Integrative Counsellor who draws on a variety of counselling approaches and tailor the sessions to your unique needs. I specialise in bereavement therapy, but also work with other areas of loss and change such as job, friendships, self-confidence, retirement etc. Other presenting problems I can help you with are anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, spirituality issues and anger. 

I work with people of all faiths, cultures, sexual orientations and backgrounds. I work with adults on an individual basis (18 years+) although if you are looking for a different therapy, I will endeavour to signpost you.

If you are a student counsellor and require personal therapy as part of your course, I am able to offer you sessions at a reduced rate.

I can offer you face to face sessions in Banbury and Milton Keynes. However, sessions can also be online or by phone if you prefer. 

Email me here

Mobile: 07367 123406

                     ‘Every journey starts with a single step’ Lao Tzu 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BA Hons in Counselling.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

I am a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a reduced rate for student counsellors. I have a limited number of low cost sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Banbury - In-person/Remote sessions - Monday daytime, Tuesday eve.

Milton Keynes - In-person/Remote sessions - Monday - late afternoon/eve

Zoom/Phone - Tuesday morning, Wed afternoon/eve

Further information

I am DBS and ICO registered and adhere to the BACP guidelines and ethical practice.

I also hold professional insurance.

If you feel now is the time for counselling, please feel free to contact me for a free half hour consultation. 

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16

Quaker Centre, 1 Oakley Gardens, Downhead Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK15 9BH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Additional languages

Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian

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Ali Holstead
Ali Holstead